Comfrey Root – Apply it to Your Back

Research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine now says that topical treatment with comfrey root extract can reduce acute upper and lower back pain.

In the current study, published in May, 2009, German researchers assessed back pain in 120 patients who either used 4 g of comfrey root ointment or a placebo ointment three times daily for 5 days.

Pain intensity dropped by 95% in the comfrey root extract group, while the people using placebo only got 39% better.

More good news?  The comfrey extract began wiping out the pain in under an hour.

“Comfrey root extract shows a remarkably potent and clinically relevant effect in reducing acute back pain,” the research team concluded.   “Reduction of pain and impaired movement was fast and correlated with each other.”


About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods. His website,, provides more information about his approach. Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.
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2 Responses to Comfrey Root – Apply it to Your Back

  1. Georgina says:

    Low back pain is really so hard to handle, sometimes, yoga exercise is a nice option for pain relief.

    • Ron Lavine says:

      Georgina: Here’s my question for you: How can an individual find a good yoga teacher? In my experience, merely being “certified” doesn’t mean that the teacher is able to zero in on an individual’s needs. Or that the style of yoga being taught is appropriate. Yoga is a good thing, yet I’ve had patients come who claim they hurt their back in yoga class. Do you have any pointers for readers?

      Ron Lavine, D.C.

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